N. Korean gov't assures safety of Malaysians, says Najib

THARANYA ARUMUGAM


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians in North Korea are safe and there has been no restrictions imposed on them, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He said this following his phone conversation with the counsellor at the Malaysian Embassy in North Korea, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain.

“I would like to update that he, his family along with all of the other Malaysians in North Korea are safe, Alhamdulillah.

“I have given him my assurance that the government will do everything we can to ensure that they return home safely soon. The whole of Malaysia is praying for them.

“Even though they are refrained from leaving the country, the North Korean government have assured us of their safety and they are free to go about their daily lives,” Najib wrote on Facebook.

He stressed that the government will continue to work on reaching the best solution for this issue.

“Let us all pray for the best,” he added.

North Korea on Tuesday barred Malaysians from leaving the country, sparking a tit-for-tat move by Malaysia, as tensions escalated over police investigations into the murder of Kim Jong-nam.

The Foreign Ministry had said the 11 Malaysians comprising three embassy staff, six of their family members and two United Nations workers were not allowed to leave North Korea.

Najib in an earlier Tweet had said the two United Nations employees have been allowed to leave Pyongyang and have safely arrived in Beijing.

The duo, Stella Lim and Nyanaprakash Muniandy work for the UN’s World Food Programme.